BOOK REVIEW: Celebrating the Great Mother

This is an AMAZING book, in my opinion. If you strongly believe in teaching your children to have an appreciation of life and the environment, this book is a terrific resource for activities. There’s some great ideas in here for starting family traditions centering around honoring Mother Earth. The book centers around the festivals of the seasons and harvests that […]

BOOK REVIEW: More Dribble Drabble

I love the projects in this book! Some fantastic art to do with kids…all focusing on the “process,” not the “product.” With children, particularly the very young, this is vital for their healthy development & creativity. I can’t tell you how much it drives me crazy to see so many teachers using coloring pages and pre-prepared “art” with children. From […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Family Bed

This is a FANTASTIC book! I had been recommended this book over & over and finally (years ago) checked it out from our local La Leche League library & read it. Wow! It’s an old book, but the info still holds true. For those of us that practice the “family bed”, this book is a comfort and very educational. For […]

BOOK REVIEW: Who’s Calling the Shots? How to Respond Effectively to Children’s Fascination with War Play & War Toys

This is an INCREDIBLE book! I think EVERYONE should read it! It will make you see things in a whole new light. Not just about war play, this book dives into even deeper issues, including the media’s marketing to children, the importance of dramatic play to our children’s healthy development, and much more! This book talks about how its natural […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Adventures of a Brownie

This week I finished reading this book aloud for the second time. My kids LOVED it! Originally written in 1908, you would think that the language and plot would be too antiquated for young children. Not so. This was my daughter’s second time hearing it and my son’s first. My daughter was around my son’s current age when she heard […]

BOOK REVIEW: Chrestomanci series Pt. 2

BOOK REVIEW: Chrestomanci series Pt. 2

I started talking about this series in April, when we first discovered it and started reading the first volume (which included 2 of the books: “Charmed Life” and “The Lives of Christopher Chant”). At that point I was intrigued and had just started enjoying this series…Now we have worked our way through 5 of this series and are halfway through […]

BOOK REVIEW: Amelia’s War

I just finished this book yesterday…was reading it to see if it would be appropriate for my 9.5yr old daughter and I had a hard time putting it down! I cannot express enough how wonderful this book is! I did decide my daughter isn’t ready to read it yet, as she has no knowledge currently on the Civil War (we’re […]

BOOK REVIEW: Butterfly House

This is a touching story of a little girl who rescues a caterpillar & decides to raise it to adulthood. With the help of her grandpa, she builds a beautiful “Butterfly House,” & cares for the caterpillar as it goes through it’s metamorphosis. A great book for introducing the concepts of metamorphosis & caring for nature’s creatures. And the illustrations […]

New starts and New ideas

I’m constantly learning and coming up with new ideas on how to do things in my life, particularly in regards to homeschooling. This whole adventure called “homeschooling” has proven to be a HUGE learning experience for me (and I’m thoroughly enjoying it…most days. grin) This week I am attempting to launch a new “school year”…something which always seems so weird […]

BOOK REVIEW: Gentle Ben

I can’t believe I never read this book as a child. I would have loved it! I recently finished reading this book to my 9yr old and both agreed it was a great book! A little boy befriends and tames a brown bear in Alaska, before its statehood. The small town in which they live is less than keen on […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Tail of Emily Windsnap

My daughter and I just loved this story about a little girl (Emily) that finds out she is half mermaid. Her mother is phobic about water and doesn’t allow her daughter to ever enter the water even though they live on a houseboat surrounded by water! When she finally does experience being submerged in water Emily finds out that it […]

A book to touch your soul

I stumbled upon this book while in the library looking for books on Eleanor Roosevelt. Literally just saw it on the shelf and picked it up because of the name “Eleanor” in the title. That’s when the full title grabbed me and I had to check it out and read it. I literally just put down this book after completing […]